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42-40764

B-24 Liberator

Participated in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya.

Badly damaged on 1st Oct mission to Wiener Neustadt resulting in a forced landing at Palermo, Italy, crew repaired the A/C.

Took off from Oudna, Libya 11th Oct and suffered loss complete loss of power at 600 ft, pilot attempted wheels up landing, clipped trees before ploughing through a field badly crushing the fuselage. Only 1 member of the 10 man crew didn't survive, Nav 2nd Lt Lester Saenger having baled out too low after the loss of power. A/C abandoned at Oudna, Libya.

The plane was named for John Cox's wife. Cox was a former CA State Trooper and 'a heck of a good Armour Gunner', Norman Ross is quoted in the Lundy book.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 66th Bomb Squadron

People

  • William Britt

    Military | Colonel | Pilot/Squadron Commander | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    10/11/43 in B-24#42-40764 'Helen B'Happy', ac lost power after takeoff at Marrakech on return to UK. With all power lost, Irby made a wheels up landing. With a crew of 10 plus 3 passengers, only Lt. Saenger was lost when his parachute failed to open in...

  • John Cox

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764. ...

  • Lucius Evans

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    10/11/43 in B-24 #42-40764 'Helen B Happy', A/C lost power after takeoff at Marrakech on return to UK. With all power lost, Irby made a wheels up landing. With a crew of 10 plus 3 passengers, only Lt. Saenger was lost when his parachute failed to open...

  • Paul Glitzer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator / Gunner | 446th Bomb Group
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764.

  • Shelby Irby

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764. ...

  • James Kahl

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Commander of the 66th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group. ...

  • Joseph Kirkpatrick

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764.

  • Warren Millward

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764. ...

  • Warren Oakley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot / Co-pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1 August 1943, flying B-24 Liberator 42-40764. ...

  • Joseph Parylak

    Military | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    10/10/43 in B-24#42-40764 'Helen B'Happy', ac lost power after takeoff at Marrakech on return to UK. With all power lost, Irby made a wheels up landing. With a crew of 10 plus 3 passengers, only Lt. Saenger was lost when his parachute failed to open in...

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Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Events

Event Location Date
TDY 9th AF Benghazi, Libya August 1943

Temporarily assigned to 9th AF.

Survived Ploesti Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Participated in 1st Aug 43 Ploesti raid, returning to Libya.

Forced Landing Palermo, Italy 1 October 1943

Badly damaged on 1st Oct mission to Wiener Neustadt resulting in a forced landing at Palermo, Italy

Crashed 11 October 1943

Took off from Oudna, Libya 11th Oct and suffered loss complete loss of power at 600 ft, pilot attempted wheels up landing, clipped trees before ploughing through a field badly crushing the fuselage. Only 1 member of the 10 man crew didn't survive, Nav 2nd Lt Lester Saenger having baled out too low after the loss of power.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 10:51:45 general ira snapsorter Changes to description and events
Sources

Ploesti Sortie Reports, 44th Bomb Group

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2015 14:57:39 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, events, unit associations, person associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com / MACR

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